Senator John Fetterman She plans to return to the Senate in the week of April 17 after undergoing psychiatric treatment, according to Reuters.
The Pennsylvania senator had signed on Walter Reed National Military Medical Center On February 15th for clinical depression.
Fetterman suffered a near-fatal stroke during the 2022 election campaign, which left him with an auditory processing disorder. The newly elected senator had difficulty processing spoken words quickly and needed to use transcribing equipment while working.
Doctors say that post-stroke depression is common in patients, with 1 in 3 stroke patients experiencing it. Fetterman’s office also said he had suffered from depression “on and off throughout his life.”
Fetterman’s staff said he seemed withdrawn and uninterested in talking or eating before he was admitted to the hospital. He was reportedly receiving daily personal briefings on current events throughout his treatment.
Fetterman served on the Senate floor for six weeks before being admitted to the inpatient facility. His fellow Democrats were supportive of his impeachment.
We want to give him space to recover. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer He said at a news conference last week. “He needs it, it’s fair, it’s true.”
Penn State Senator Bob Casey said he avoided contacting Fetterman to prevent overburdening him, but spoke with staff members who confirmed he was making good progress.
“I’m just glad he got the time he needed, and most people realize that these things don’t happen in two or three weeks, it just takes a little bit longer,” Casey told the AP.
Lawrence Richard of Fox News, Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.